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Dr. Sam  Bommarito (@doctorsam7)

During his 44 year career in education Dr. Bommarito taught every grade K through graduate school. The majority of his teaching time was in Title 1 buildings both as a reading specialist and staff developer. Dr Bommarito took part in a 4-year program where the Jennings school district trained its teachers in Reading and Writing Workshop. Trainers were cadre and former cadre of Teachers College, and included Isoke Nia and Katie Wood Ray. Dr. Bommarito retired from full time teaching in 2015 but continues to be active in the literacy world. He is Co-Editor of the Missouri Reader, serves on various International Literacy Association boards/committees, is President of the St. Louis ILA and vice president of the Mo. ILA, does volunteer work in literacy and continues to do presentations and write articles about various literacy issues. He has begun collaborating with Dr. William Kerns of Harris Stowe University.  Starting in the fall of 2018,  Dr. Bommarito is returning to teaching on a part time basis. He will be an adjunct reading professor at Webster University teaching various teacher prep courses at the university.  Normally this will be one course each semester.

Opinions expressed on this blog are solely the responsibility of  Dr.  Sam Bommarito and in no way reflect any endorsement of any organizations or individuals


Dr. WIlliam Kerns (@Dr_WilliamKerns)

Dr. Kerns is program coordinator of middle and secondary education at Harris-Stowe State University.

He worked in Central Florida as a high school reading teacher, reading specialist, English teacher, and a curriculum specialist.

He studied at Clemson University where mentors included Linda Gambrell (motivation and engagement in reading),Victoria Gillis (content area reading), and Bea Bailey (curriculum design).

Dr. Kerns is drawn to a Sociocultural/Vygotskian approach to the process of writing (as promoted by Peter Smagorinsky who teachers at University of Georgia)

The opinions expressed in his posts on this blog are solely the responsibility of  Dr.  William Kerns  and in no way reflect the endorsement of any organizations or individuals.




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